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March 14, 2001
CONTACT: Yvonne Petrella, 312-2270
OSWEGO'S ONLINE OFFERINGS GROW
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego and the SUNY Learning Network have developed a curriculum consisting of a growing number of online courses. These courses are accessed through the Web and taught by Oswego professors.
In the spring of 2000, Oswego offered 13 online courses. This semester 25 online courses are being offered through SUNY Oswego, Director of Continuing Education Yvonne Petrella said.
Eleven more courses are in development this spring, according to Michael Ameigh, assistant provost for information resources.
Petrella said 30 online courses will be offered next fall, including 19 undergraduate courses, eight graduate courses (two of which will support the proposed certificate in gerontology) and three non-credit courses in the American Management Association certificate program for professional development.
Among next fall's online courses are "Seminar in Local History," "Money and Banking," "Introduction to Theatre," "Death and Dying," "Media Economics" and "Environmental Science." The biggest program Oswego offers is broadcasting, where a student can earn a bachelor's degree online. Most of Oswego's broadcasting classes are available through the Web.
Online courses allow Oswego to attract more non-traditional students, Petrella said. "The main target for these courses are students that work full time, commute long distances to campus or juniors or seniors with associate degrees who are looking to complete their bachelor's," she said.
She explained that it is more convenient for these students to take classes online than to commute to campus. "Students are now able to complete their degrees on time by accessing these courses at home if they cannot fit them into their schedules," she said.
Even though they are aimed towards non-traditional students they are still designed to accommodate traditional Oswego students as well. Online courses typically have an enrollment of about 30 students, both traditional and non-traditional, Petrella said.
Web courses are designed to bring the classroom setting to students' computers. Robert Cole of the communication studies department said the classes typically consist of readings, essay assignments and exams that are administered through the Web.
He noted that some classes also consist of interactive lectures from the professor that students view on CD-ROMs. There are also modules that allow students to interact with the professor and other students in the class and even receive technical assistance, if needed, he said. Assignments are completed on the Web through distance learning software.
They have provided positive learning experiences for both students and faculty. "I do not think that online courses take anything away from the learning experience," Cole said. "These Web courses provide an interactive learning experience that is of equal value to that of the classroom."
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